Filmmaker and designer Walé Oyéjidé — whose fashion designs appear in Marvel's BLACK PANTHER films — crafts this imaginative debut feature about a Burkinabè boy who migrates to Italy and later discovers a way to go back in time and regain what he lost. A multidimensional exploration of love and migration, this poetic story bends time to explore the meaning of existing in two states — both coming and going, running away and running toward. From the community in Burkina Faso to the two central protagonists walking the streets of an Italian village, Oyéjidé's characters exude humanity and confidence. Oyéjidé is invested in evolving the narrative of migrants, leveraging his background in fashion to assert his characters' dignity and fullness. Direct confrontations with the camera lure viewers in while an evocative score guides them through a dreamy, mystical journey. A lyrical experience and one that flows beyond the frame, BRAVO, BURKINA! is a daring invitation to imagine what could be. (Note adapted from Sundance Film Festival.) Official Selection, 2023 Sundance Film Festival. DIR/SCR/PROD Walé Oyéjidé; PROD Giulia Alagna, Heather Barnes. U.S., 2023, color, 64 min. In Moore and Italian with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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